Class Action Complaint Filed with FMC Seeking Reparations for Ro-Ro Price Fixing
The Federal Maritime Commission has received a complaint alleging price fixing by several ocean carriers that transport automotive vehicles via roll-on/roll-off vessels. The complaint charges that the carriers conspired to suppress and eliminate competition by agreeing to fix, raise, stabilize and/or maintain the prices of, and allocate the market and customers for, vehicle carrier services sold to automobile manufacturers and others for the import and export of new, assembled motor vehicles to and from the U.S.
The complaint is brought as a proposed class action seeking to represent all persons and entities in the U.S. that purchased or leased a new, assembled motor vehicle for personal use and not for resale that incorporated a vehicle carrier service charge assessed by any of the accused carriers or their subsidiaries (or any co-conspirators) since Jan. 1, 2000. The complainants are seeking reparations of twice the proven actual injury.